Wright Brothers

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“The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” – Bill Gates

“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”- Wilbur Wright

“The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.”– Dorthea Brande

More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.”- Wilbur Wright

“The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.”- Orville Wright

“What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery.”- Wilbur Wright

“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”- Wilbur Wright

“Do not let yourself be forced into doing anything before you are ready.”- Wilbur Wright

What do you think of these quotes? Have any more you know of that you’d like to share?

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  • Eli Kaczinski

    I liked this because it is very inspirational. These are very good quotes, and im sure that other people will enjoy it also.

  • i love the wright brothers 🙂

  • Nick

    Does anyone know or heard any Wright Brothers quotes that incorporate education?

    • “It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill”

  • Mel

    Education quote I use from the Wright Brothers: “It is not really necessary to look too far into the future; we see enough already to be certain it will be magnificent. Only let us hurry and open the roads.”
    -Wilbur Wright

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  • W2000tangodown

    i need a persistance qoute from them

  • Mhmm

    Just burgers-Orvill Wright

  • Balls to the wall

    Man is more than a machine so I like to make airplanes- Wilbur Wright

  • joe

    iz kinda cool

  • Hey

    Hey yall

  • utkarsh

    there is nothing that we can do if our minds.

  • Robert Werner

    The Wright Brothers, the greatest liers in the history of aviation, built their planes in France in 1908 using french engines (Barriquand et Marre), french propellers and using the entire French flight experience of 1908. They did not fly in 1903, 1904 and 1905 as they claimed.


    • Whatever… and we didn’t land on the moon, either.

      • Robert Werner

        “the brothers only “glided” off Kill Devil Hill that day. Their first real flight came on May 6, 1908”, Alpheus W. Drinkwater, telegraph operator

        “Wilbur and Orville Wright are credited with making their first powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine on Dec. 17, 1903. But Alpheus W. Drinkwater, 76 years old, who sent the telegraph message ushering in the air age, said the brothers only “glided” off Kill Devil Hill that day. Their first real flight came on May 6, 1908, he said.”

        Source: New York Times, Dec. 17, 1951.

        • So we trust this one guy as opposed to everything else? Sorry, I don’t buy it.

          • Robert Werner

            Beside Alpheus W. Drinkwater there is John T. Daniels who confirms the plane was carried up on a hill before each flight. There is simply no other witness direct or indirect excepting Daniels and Drinkwater.

            Gliding down the hill even if the engine worked disqualifies the flights in Dec. 1903 as true powered flights.

            “They carried the machine up on the Hill and Put her on the track” – John T. Daniels, eye witness

            “Manteo NC, June 30 —- 1933,

            Dear friend,
            I Don’t know very much to write about the flight. I was there,
            and it was on Dec the 17, — 1903 about 10 o’clock. They carried the machine up on the Hill and Put her on the track, and started the engine …and he went about 100 feet or more, and then Mr. Wilbur taken the machine up on the Hill and Put her on the track and he went off across the Beach about a half a mile …


            John T. Daniels, Manteo NC, Box 1W”

          • Still don’t buy it.

          • I really do wish the moon landing would have been real, though.

          • Darren Steer

            Ok lets just say that is true (which i doubt) – does it change the fact they were the first people to do a powered flight – no. Also do you really not beleve the moon landings happend Chris?

  • Michael Wright

    Robert, really? More credibility if you knew how to spell liars. Bill Gates (who has access to more resources than you will ever dream of) disagrees with you. I’m with Bill.

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  • Howard

    Thanks for the quotes. What your snarky posters think is of no value. Quotes are quotes and one cannot argue about what someone has quoted. The history books, the famous people and the wealthy visionaries (Bill Gates for one) have made comments through the years that AOA have started to gather here. Let us be grateful for this resource, and certainly pick and choose the quotes you would like to use or reflect on. But to challenge what others have said… challenge the history books and even challenge the great explorers of our time… well… go have your argument with Neil Armstrong or Bill Gates. Thank you AOA for a source of aviation quotes.

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